Smoked Chicken Panini with Bacon and Cheese

Andy Anderson !


This is a great sandwich that can be made with a Panini press, or just pan-fried like a regular grilled cheese. In this recipe, I’m going to do it in a pan.

The two cheeses compliment each other like old friends, and the garlic aioli, and the bacon just take it over the top.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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20 Min
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4 slice
smoked chicken breast
3 slice
maple bacon, or regular bacon
2 slice
fresh garden tomato
2 slice
provolone cheese
1/4 c
monterey jack cheese, shredded
2 slice
whole grain bread
2-3 Tbsp
garlic aioli (more on this later)

How to Make Smoked Chicken Panini with Bacon and Cheese


  • 2Gather your ingredients.
  • 3Place the bacon in a sauté pan over medium heat.
  • 4Cook until beginning to crisp, about 5 -8 minutes.
  • 5Drain on paper towels and reserve.
  • 6Chef's Note: Remove all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease from the sauté pan.
  • 7Brush some of the garlic aioli on the inside of the bread.
  • 8Chef’s Note: If you want a brilliant roasted garlic aioli, try this:
    Roasted Garlic Aioli with a Twist
  • 9On one piece of the bread (garlic aioli side up), lay down the provolone.
  • 10Add the smoked chicken.
  • 11Layer with the bacon.
  • 12Add the tomatoes.
  • 13Add the shredded Monterey Jack cheese.
  • 14Add the top piece of bread, garlic aioli side down.
  • 15Brush the outsides of the bread with more garlic aioli, and then place in the pan (with the reserved bacon grease), over medium heat.
  • 16Cook for about 5 minutes per side, until the bread is golden and the cheese is nice and gooey.
  • 18Serve with your favorite beverage, and maybe some chips or fries. Enjoy.
  • 19Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Smoked Chicken Panini with Bacon and Cheese

Course/Dish: Sandwiches
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Soy Free
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Heirloom

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